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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (Bureau) is publishing this notice to inform the public, the tribes, and Federal staff of the methodology that will be used for the distribution of Contract Support Funds (CSF) and Indian-Self Determination Funds (ISDF) for FY 2006. These funds are distributed as authorized by the Indian SelfDetermination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as amended, and financed with funds appropriated under the Snyder Act. This distribution methodology is published to ensure eligible recipients and responsible federal employees are aware of program operations for this fiscal year. This is a guidance document, it is not establishing regulations. DATES: The ‘‘FY 2006 CSF Needs Report’’ is due June 30, 2006. Final distribution of CSF will be made on a pro-rata basis on or about July 15, 2006. FY 2006 ISDF will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, until funds are depleted. ADDRESSES: Submit the ‘‘FY 2006 CSF Needs Report’’ to: Harry Rainbolt, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Tribal Services, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW, Mail Stop 320–SIB, Washington, DC 20240. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Harry Rainbolt, (202) 513–7630. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title I and title IV of Public Law 93–638, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as amended, authorizes the Bureau to annually distribute CSF and ISDF. In making these distributions for FY 2006, the Bureau will follow the procedures in this notice. The request for FY 2006 ISDF for new and expanded contracts and selfgovernance funding agreements may be submitted to the Bureau throughout the year as the need arises. Approved requests will be funded until the ISDF is depleted. hsrobinson on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Part 1—Contract Support Funds 1.1 What Is the Purpose of Contract Support Funds (CSF)? The Bureau provides CSF to meet the indirect cost need identified for ongoing/existing self-determination contracts and self-governance compacts that are financed with funds appropriated pursuant to the Snyder Act (25 U.S.C. 13). [Note that 25 U.S.C. 450j–3, restricts the use of CSF for only self-determination contracts and selfgovernance compacts. Congress directed in the FY 2006 appropriations bill, VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:26 Feb 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 however, that the Secretary continue to distribute indirect and administrative cost funds to tribes and tribal organizations that received such funds in FY 2003 or FY 2004.] 1.2 How Does BIA Determine Eligibility for CSF? All self-determination contractors and self-governance tribes/consortia with either an approved indirect cost rate, a current indirect cost proposal on file with the National Business Center (NBC), or an approved current lump sum agreement are eligible to receive CSF. 1.3 How Does the Bureau Determine Indirect Cost Need and CSF Amounts for Contracts and Annual Funding Agreements? The methodology used to determine indirect cost amount and CSF need is as follows: (1) Total current year Program fund amount; (2) Less exclusions; exclusions are determined as follows: (a) For Construction under Public Law 93–638, as amended, title I, section 106(h), the amount of construction funding provided for the actual ‘‘on-theground’’ construction activities is an exclusion. (b) For a Direct Cost Base consisting of Salaries and Wages, all costs except ‘‘Salaries and Wages’’ are exclusions. (c) For a Direct Cost Base consisting of ‘‘total direct costs less capital expenditures and pass-through, such as those items requiring minimal administrative effort,’’ capital expenditures and pass-through items are considered exclusions. Capital Expenditure: The acquisition of items of personal property with an individual value of $5,000 or more, and real property acquisition, renovation or repair with a value of $5,000 or more. Pass-Through: Those program expenditures for items requiring minimal level of effort to be performed by tribal administrative personnel, such as: grants to individuals (i.e., scholarship grants, general assistance grants, etc.); leases; subcontracts; management and/or professional agreements; etc. (3) Direct Cost Base amount; (4) Times indirect cost rate; (5) Indirect cost amount; (6) Times current CSF funding percentage; and (7) CSF amount. 1.4 What Is Designated as an Ongoing/ Existing Contract or Funding Agreement? An ongoing/existing contract or annual funding agreement is a Bureau PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5677 program operated under a selfdetermination contract or a selfgovernance compact on an ongoing basis, which was entered into before the current fiscal year. Examples: (1) All contracted or compacted programs, functions, services, activities or those included in annual funding agreements in the previous fiscal year and continued in the current fiscal year that are financed with funds appropriated to the Bureau; (2) Direct funding increases for programs financed with funds appropriated to the Bureau; and (3) Programs, functions, services, or activities started or expanded in the current fiscal year that are a result of a change in priorities from other already contracted, annual funding agreement programs, functions, services, or activities financed with funds appropriated to the Bureau. 1.5 Does an Increase or Decrease in the Level of Funding From Year to Year Affect the Designation of a Contract or Annual Funding Agreement? No. 1.6 Can I Use Current Fiscal Year CSF to Pay a Prior Year Indirect Cost Shortfall? No. The use of current year CSF to pay prior year indirect cost shortfall is not authorized. 1.7 Are There Any Restrictions on Distributing CSF for Indirect Cost? Yes. The following conditions must be met before the Bureau distributes CSF to pay indirect cost: (1) Programs, functions, services, activities, or portions thereof, must be financed with funds appropriated under the Snyder Act (25 U.S.C. 13); and (2) Programs, functions, services, activities, or portions thereof, must be included in a Bureau self-determination contract or a self-governance funding agreement. 1.8 Is There Any Other Exclusion? Yes. Self-determination contracts or self-governance agreements that receive appropriated funds from other Department of the Interior bureaus, offices, or other sources are not eligible to receive CSF. 1.9 How Can Tribes or Tribal Organizations Find Funding to Pay for Their Indirect Cost Needs for Programs That Are Excluded From Receiving CSF? Those programs that are not eligible to receive CSF or ISDF to cover indirect cost needs must contact the specific program funding source to determine the methodology for covering the E:\FR\FM\02FEN1.SGM 02FEN1 5678 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 22 / Thursday, February 2, 2006 / Notices indirect cost need for those programs. This may entail using funds provided for the contracted services to cover the indirect cost need. For example, funding for Indian Reservation Roads construction is transferred to the Bureau from the Federal Highway Trust Fund by the Department of Transportation. Therefore, this program is excluded from receiving CSF to cover the indirect cost need and must use funds provided for the construction activity to cover their indirect cost needs. 1.10 How Does the Bureau Determine the Amount of CSF a Tribe or Tribal Organization Is Eligible To Receive? See the computation methodology in section 1.3 of this notice. 1.11 How Does the Bureau Decide What Direct Cost Base To Use To Determine CSF Need? BIA will use the following procedures to determine the direct cost base: If a tribe’s direct cost base is Then BIA will make the following adjustments (1) Total direct cost, less capital expenditures and pass-through ........... (1) Total direct cost, minus exclusions = direct cost base amount. (Exclusions will be on-the-ground construction costs, capital expenditures and pass-through.) (2) Look at program budget and identify amount for salaries and wages. (The exclusions will be funding amounts for everything except salaries and wages.) (3) The exclusions will be amounts for on-the-ground construction costs, capital expenditures and pass-through funds. (2) Total salaries and wages .................................................................... (3) A negotiated Lump Sum Agreement direct cost base is the total current year program funds, less amount for on-the-ground construction costs, capital expenditures and pass-through. 1.12 How Does the Bureau Determine What Indirect Cost Rate To Use When Calculating the Amount of CSF Eligible Tribes or Tribal Organizations Will Receive? will receive, BIA follows the following procedures: When calculating the amount of CSF eligible tribes or tribal organizations If Then (1) The tribe or tribal organization has an approved indirect cost rate negotiated with the National Business Center (NBC) or an indirect cost proposal currently under consideration by the NBC. (1) The Regional Director or Office of Self-Governance Director must use the tribe’s or tribal organization’s current rate, if approved, or, if not approved, the proposed indirect cost rate currently under consideration. (2) The most current rate must be used.* (2) The tribe or tribal organization proposes to use the prior-year approved rate*. (3) A tribe or tribal organization that can document that they are unable to negotiate an indirect cost rate because of circumstances beyond their control may request negotiation of a lump sum amount**. (2) The Awarding Official may negotiate a reasonable lump sum amount (not to exceed 15%) with the tribe or tribal organization for FY 2005.** *This rate is temporary and subject to finalization through negotiation with NBC, and may result in actual over or under recovery of indirect cost. **Beginning in FY 2004, a reasonable lump sum amount must not exceed 15 percent of total current year program funds, less capital expenditure and pass-through. 1.13 What Happens if the Amount Identified in the ‘‘FY 2006 CSF Needs Report’’ Exceeds the Available FY 2006 CSF Amount? hsrobinson on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES The CSF distribution will be made on a pro rata basis so that all eligible tribes and tribal organizations receive the same percentage of their reported need. For example, if the pro rata amount is 92 percent, each tribe or tribal organization will receive 92 percent of their identified indirect cost need. 1.14 Who Is Responsible for Submitting the ‘‘CSF Needs Report’’ to the Bureau? Each regional office and the Office of Self-Governance must submit a ‘‘CSF Needs Report’’ for ongoing/existing contracts and funding agreements. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:26 Feb 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 1.15 How Does the Bureau Distribute CSF to Tribes and Tribal Organizations? (1) In the initial distribution of CSF, the Bureau will distribute to each regional office and the Office of SelfGovernance 85 percent of the total amount of CSF provided in the previous fiscal year. From this 85 percent, the regional office will award 75 percent of the CSF need identified for each contract or annual funding agreement that meets the established criteria. (2) In the second or final allotment of CSF, all tribal contractors and selfgovernance tribes/consortia will receive a pro-rated share of the CSF, based on the program funds in the contract or annual funding agreement at that time. PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1.16 What Can I Do To Cover My Total CSF Needs if the CSF Provided Is Insufficient? If your CSF funds are insufficient, you may reprogram funds provided for the operation of programs to make up deficiencies to recover your full indirect cost need. This reprogramming authority is limited to funds in the Tribal Priority Allocation (TPA) portion of the Bureau budget, or annual funding agreement. 1.17 Can Funds From Other Bureau Programs That Are Not in the TPA Be Used To Meet CSF Shortfall? No. Congressional appropriation language does not provide authority for the Bureau to reprogram funds from other Bureau programs to meet any CSF shortfall. E:\FR\FM\02FEN1.SGM 02FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 22 / Thursday, February 2, 2006 / Notices 5679 1.18 What Are the Definitions of the Terms ‘‘New Contract or Annual Funding Agreement’’ and ‘‘Expanded Contract or Annual Funding Agreement’’? (a) A new contract or annual funding agreement is defined as the initial transfer of a program, function, service, or activity previously operated by the Bureau to a tribe, tribal organization or consortium. (b) An expanded contract or annual funding agreement is defined as a contract or annual funding agreement which has become enlarged, during the current fiscal year through the assumption of additional programs, functions, services, or activities (or portion thereof) previously operated by the Bureau. will fund requests at 100 percent of the ‘‘identified and approved need’’ until the ISDF is depleted. 2.4 What Happens if Requests Are Received After the ISDF Have Been Depleted? 2.2 How Does the Bureau Distribute ISDF For a New and Expanded Contract or Annual Funding Agreement? The ISDF request will not be funded for the fiscal year. However, requests received after the ISDF have been depleted will be considered first for ISDF funding in the following fiscal year. Part 2—Indian Self-Determination Funds A complete request package for new/ expanded contracts or annual funding agreement must contain: (1) Indirect cost needs; and (2) Startup cost needs. 2.1 How Are Indian Self-Determination Funds (ISDF) Distributed? The Bureau provides ISDF on a ‘‘firstcome, first-served’’ basis. The Bureau Each regional office or the Office of Self-Governance must submit an ‘‘ISDF Needs Request’’ to the Office of Tribal Services when a new contract or annual funding agreement is awarded, or existing contracts or annual funding agreements are expanded. 2.3 What Must a Complete ‘‘ISDF Request Package’’ for New and Expanded Contracts/Annual Funding Agreements Contain? 2.5 How Does the Bureau Compute the Indirect Cost Need? We compute the indirect cost need following the indirect cost computation methodology provided in this announcement at section 1.3. 2.6 How Does BIA Determine What Indirect Cost Rate To Use When Calculating the Amount of ISDF Eligible Tribes or Tribal Organizations Will Receive? When calculating the amount of ISDF eligible tribes or tribal organizations will receive, the Bureau follows the following procedures: If Then (1) The tribe or tribal organization has an approved indirect cost rate negotiated with the National Business Center (NBC) or an indirect cost proposal currently under consideration by the NBC. (1) The Regional Director or Office of Self-Governance Director must use the tribe’s or tribal organization’s current rate, if approved, or, if not approved, the proposed indirect cost rate currently under consideration. (2) The most current NBC rate must be used.* (2) The tribe or tribal organization proposes to use the prior-year approved NBC rate*. (3) A tribe or tribal organization that can document that they are unable to negotiate an indirect cost rate because of circumstances beyond their control may request negotiation of a lump sum amount**. (3) The Awarding Official may negotiate a reasonable lump sum amount (not to exceed 15 percent) with the tribe or tribal organization for FY 2004.** *This rate is temporary and subject to finalization through negotiation with NBC, and may result in actual over or under recovery of indirect cost. **Beginning in FY 2004, a reasonable lump sum amount must not exceed 15 percent of total current year program funds, less capital expenditure and pass-through. Startup costs are direct costs for items that are identified in the program operational budget for the new or expanded contract/annual funding agreements. These costs must be allowable costs, allocable to the new or expanded program, and reasonable within the context of the operational budget. hsrobinson on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 2.8 What Information for a ‘‘Startup Cost’’ Request Must I Include in the ISDF Request Package? The request must contain: (1) A copy of the program operational budget for the new or expanded contract/annual funding agreement activity, with the startup cost items identified; (2) A copy of the program operational budget narrative; and VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:26 Feb 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 (3) Documentation of the provision of technical assistance and negotiation in regard to the startup cost items. 2.11 Are There Any Guidelines That Can Be Used To Help Provide Technical Assistance? 2.9 Will the Bureau Consider Funding Requests That Do Not Meet the Requirement of Section 2.8? No. The Bureau will not consider funding ISDF requests that do not contain the items in section 2.8 of this notice. Yes. Use the ‘‘Guidance for Contract Support Costs’’ handbook to assist in the negotiation and providing technical assistance for startup cost. You may obtain a copy of this handbook by calling the telephone number provided in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. 2.10 Are There Any Contracts or Agreements That Cannot Receive ISDF? 2.7 What Is Considered ‘‘Startup Cost’’ Need? 2.12 What Happens to an Incomplete ISDF Request? Yes. Self-determination contracts or self-governance agreements that receive appropriated funds from other Department of the Interior bureaus, offices, or other sources are not eligible to receive ISDF. The request will be returned to the office of origin for proper completion and resubmission. PO 00000 Dated: January 18, 2006. Michael D. Olsen, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–1393 Filed 2–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4J–P Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\02FEN1.SGM 02FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Guidance for Distributing Fiscal Year 2006 Contract Support Funds 
and Indian Self-Determination Funds

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of methodology for distribution and use of FY 2006

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Contract Support Funds and Indian Self-Determination Funds.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (Bureau) is publishing this 
notice to inform the public, the tribes, and Federal staff of the 
methodology that will be used for the distribution of Contract Support 
Funds (CSF) and Indian-Self Determination Funds (ISDF) for FY 2006. 
These funds are distributed as authorized by the Indian Self-
Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as amended, and 
financed with funds appropriated under the Snyder Act. This 
distribution methodology is published to ensure eligible recipients and 
responsible federal employees are aware of program operations for this 
fiscal year. This is a guidance document, it is not establishing 
regulations.

DATES: The ``FY 2006 CSF Needs Report'' is due June 30, 2006. Final 
distribution of CSF will be made on a pro-rata basis on or about July 
15, 2006. FY 2006 ISDF will be distributed on a first come, first 
served basis, until funds are depleted.

ADDRESSES: Submit the ``FY 2006 CSF Needs Report'' to: Harry Rainbolt, 
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Tribal Services, 1951 Constitution 
Avenue NW, Mail Stop 320-SIB, Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Harry Rainbolt, (202) 513-7630.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title I and title IV of Public Law 93-638, 
the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as 
amended, authorizes the Bureau to annually distribute CSF and ISDF. In 
making these distributions for FY 2006, the Bureau will follow the 
procedures in this notice.
    The request for FY 2006 ISDF for new and expanded contracts and 
self-governance funding agreements may be submitted to the Bureau 
throughout the year as the need arises. Approved requests will be 
funded until the ISDF is depleted.

Part 1--Contract Support Funds

1.1 What Is the Purpose of Contract Support Funds (CSF)?

    The Bureau provides CSF to meet the indirect cost need identified 
for ongoing/existing self-determination contracts and self-governance 
compacts that are financed with funds appropriated pursuant to the 
Snyder Act (25 U.S.C. 13). [Note that 25 U.S.C. 450j-3, restricts the 
use of CSF for only self-determination contracts and self-governance 
compacts. Congress directed in the FY 2006 appropriations bill, 
however, that the Secretary continue to distribute indirect and 
administrative cost funds to tribes and tribal organizations that 
received such funds in FY 2003 or FY 2004.]

1.2 How Does BIA Determine Eligibility for CSF?

    All self-determination contractors and self-governance tribes/
consortia with either an approved indirect cost rate, a current 
indirect cost proposal on file with the National Business Center (NBC), 
or an approved current lump sum agreement are eligible to receive CSF.

1.3 How Does the Bureau Determine Indirect Cost Need and CSF Amounts 
for Contracts and Annual Funding Agreements?

    The methodology used to determine indirect cost amount and CSF need 
is as follows:
    (1) Total current year Program fund amount;
    (2) Less exclusions; exclusions are determined as follows:
    (a) For Construction under Public Law 93-638, as amended, title I, 
section 106(h), the amount of construction funding provided for the 
actual ``on-the-ground'' construction activities is an exclusion.
    (b) For a Direct Cost Base consisting of Salaries and Wages, all 
costs except ``Salaries and Wages'' are exclusions.
    (c) For a Direct Cost Base consisting of ``total direct costs less 
capital expenditures and pass-through, such as those items requiring 
minimal administrative effort,'' capital expenditures and pass-through 
items are considered exclusions.
    Capital Expenditure: The acquisition of items of personal property 
with an individual value of $5,000 or more, and real property 
acquisition, renovation or repair with a value of $5,000 or more.
    Pass-Through: Those program expenditures for items requiring 
minimal level of effort to be performed by tribal administrative 
personnel, such as: grants to individuals (i.e., scholarship grants, 
general assistance grants, etc.); leases; subcontracts; management and/
or professional agreements; etc.
    (3) Direct Cost Base amount;
    (4) Times indirect cost rate;
    (5) Indirect cost amount;
    (6) Times current CSF funding percentage; and
    (7) CSF amount.

1.4 What Is Designated as an Ongoing/Existing Contract or Funding 
Agreement?

    An ongoing/existing contract or annual funding agreement is a 
Bureau program operated under a self-determination contract or a self-
governance compact on an ongoing basis, which was entered into before 
the current fiscal year. Examples:
    (1) All contracted or compacted programs, functions, services, 
activities or those included in annual funding agreements in the 
previous fiscal year and continued in the current fiscal year that are 
financed with funds appropriated to the Bureau;
    (2) Direct funding increases for programs financed with funds 
appropriated to the Bureau; and
    (3) Programs, functions, services, or activities started or 
expanded in the current fiscal year that are a result of a change in 
priorities from other already contracted, annual funding agreement 
programs, functions, services, or activities financed with funds 
appropriated to the Bureau.

1.5 Does an Increase or Decrease in the Level of Funding From Year to 
Year Affect the Designation of a Contract or Annual Funding Agreement?

    No.

1.6 Can I Use Current Fiscal Year CSF to Pay a Prior Year Indirect Cost 
Shortfall?

    No. The use of current year CSF to pay prior year indirect cost 
shortfall is not authorized.

1.7 Are There Any Restrictions on Distributing CSF for Indirect Cost?

    Yes. The following conditions must be met before the Bureau 
distributes CSF to pay indirect cost:
    (1) Programs, functions, services, activities, or portions thereof, 
must be financed with funds appropriated under the Snyder Act (25 
U.S.C. 13); and
    (2) Programs, functions, services, activities, or portions thereof, 
must be included in a Bureau self-determination contract or a self-
governance funding agreement.

1.8 Is There Any Other Exclusion?

    Yes. Self-determination contracts or self-governance agreements 
that receive appropriated funds from other Department of the Interior 
bureaus, offices, or other sources are not eligible to receive CSF.

1.9 How Can Tribes or Tribal Organizations Find Funding to Pay for 
Their Indirect Cost Needs for Programs That Are Excluded From Receiving 
CSF?

    Those programs that are not eligible to receive CSF or ISDF to 
cover indirect cost needs must contact the specific program funding 
source to determine the methodology for covering the

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indirect cost need for those programs. This may entail using funds 
provided for the contracted services to cover the indirect cost need. 
For example, funding for Indian Reservation Roads construction is 
transferred to the Bureau from the Federal Highway Trust Fund by the 
Department of Transportation. Therefore, this program is excluded from 
receiving CSF to cover the indirect cost need and must use funds 
provided for the construction activity to cover their indirect cost 
needs.

1.10 How Does the Bureau Determine the Amount of CSF a Tribe or Tribal 
Organization Is Eligible To Receive?

    See the computation methodology in section 1.3 of this notice.

1.11 How Does the Bureau Decide What Direct Cost Base To Use To 
Determine CSF Need?

    BIA will use the following procedures to determine the direct cost 
base:

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                                              Then BIA will make the
    If a tribe's direct cost base is          following adjustments
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(1) Total direct cost, less capital      (1) Total direct cost, minus
 expenditures and pass-through.           exclusions = direct cost base
                                          amount. (Exclusions will be on-
                                          the-ground construction costs,
                                          capital expenditures and pass-
                                          through.)
(2) Total salaries and wages...........  (2) Look at program budget and
                                          identify amount for salaries
                                          and wages. (The exclusions
                                          will be funding amounts for
                                          everything except salaries and
                                          wages.)
(3) A negotiated Lump Sum Agreement      (3) The exclusions will be
 direct cost base is the total current    amounts for on-the-ground
 year program funds, less amount for on-  construction costs, capital
 the-ground construction costs, capital   expenditures and pass-through
 expenditures and pass-through.           funds.
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1.12 How Does the Bureau Determine What Indirect Cost Rate To Use When 
Calculating the Amount of CSF Eligible Tribes or Tribal Organizations 
Will Receive?

    When calculating the amount of CSF eligible tribes or tribal 
organizations will receive, BIA follows the following procedures:

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                   If                                  Then
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(1) The tribe or tribal organization     (1) The Regional Director or
 has an approved indirect cost rate       Office of Self-Governance
 negotiated with the National Business    Director must use the tribe's
 Center (NBC) or an indirect cost         or tribal organization's
 proposal currently under consideration   current rate, if approved, or,
 by the NBC.                              if not approved, the proposed
                                          indirect cost rate currently
                                          under consideration.
(2) The tribe or tribal organization     (2) The most current rate must
 proposes to use the prior-year           be used.*
 approved rate*.
(3) A tribe or tribal organization that  (2) The Awarding Official may
 can document that they are unable to     negotiate a reasonable lump
 negotiate an indirect cost rate          sum amount (not to exceed 15%)
 because of circumstances beyond their    with the tribe or tribal
 control may request negotiation of a     organization for FY 2005.**
 lump sum amount**.
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*This rate is temporary and subject to finalization through negotiation
  with NBC, and may result in actual over or under recovery of indirect
  cost.
**Beginning in FY 2004, a reasonable lump sum amount must not exceed 15
  percent of total current year program funds, less capital expenditure
  and pass-through.

1.13 What Happens if the Amount Identified in the ``FY 2006 CSF Needs 
Report'' Exceeds the Available FY 2006 CSF Amount?

    The CSF distribution will be made on a pro rata basis so that all 
eligible tribes and tribal organizations receive the same percentage of 
their reported need. For example, if the pro rata amount is 92 percent, 
each tribe or tribal organization will receive 92 percent of their 
identified indirect cost need.

1.14 Who Is Responsible for Submitting the ``CSF Needs Report'' to the 
Bureau?

    Each regional office and the Office of Self-Governance must submit 
a ``CSF Needs Report'' for ongoing/existing contracts and funding 
agreements.

1.15 How Does the Bureau Distribute CSF to Tribes and Tribal 
Organizations?

    (1) In the initial distribution of CSF, the Bureau will distribute 
to each regional office and the Office of Self-Governance 85 percent of 
the total amount of CSF provided in the previous fiscal year. From this 
85 percent, the regional office will award 75 percent of the CSF need 
identified for each contract or annual funding agreement that meets the 
established criteria.
    (2) In the second or final allotment of CSF, all tribal contractors 
and self-governance tribes/consortia will receive a pro-rated share of 
the CSF, based on the program funds in the contract or annual funding 
agreement at that time.

1.16 What Can I Do To Cover My Total CSF Needs if the CSF Provided Is 
Insufficient?

    If your CSF funds are insufficient, you may reprogram funds 
provided for the operation of programs to make up deficiencies to 
recover your full indirect cost need. This reprogramming authority is 
limited to funds in the Tribal Priority Allocation (TPA) portion of the 
Bureau budget, or annual funding agreement.

1.17 Can Funds From Other Bureau Programs That Are Not in the TPA Be 
Used To Meet CSF Shortfall?

    No. Congressional appropriation language does not provide authority 
for the Bureau to reprogram funds from other Bureau programs to meet 
any CSF shortfall.

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1.18 What Are the Definitions of the Terms ``New Contract or Annual 
Funding Agreement'' and ``Expanded Contract or Annual Funding 
Agreement''?

    (a) A new contract or annual funding agreement is defined as the 
initial transfer of a program, function, service, or activity 
previously operated by the Bureau to a tribe, tribal organization or 
consortium.
    (b) An expanded contract or annual funding agreement is defined as 
a contract or annual funding agreement which has become enlarged, 
during the current fiscal year through the assumption of additional 
programs, functions, services, or activities (or portion thereof) 
previously operated by the Bureau.

Part 2--Indian Self-Determination Funds

2.1 How Are Indian Self-Determination Funds (ISDF) Distributed?

    The Bureau provides ISDF on a ``first-come, first-served'' basis. 
The Bureau will fund requests at 100 percent of the ``identified and 
approved need'' until the ISDF is depleted.

2.2 How Does the Bureau Distribute ISDF For a New and Expanded Contract 
or Annual Funding Agreement?

    Each regional office or the Office of Self-Governance must submit 
an ``ISDF Needs Request'' to the Office of Tribal Services when a new 
contract or annual funding agreement is awarded, or existing contracts 
or annual funding agreements are expanded.

2.3 What Must a Complete ``ISDF Request Package'' for New and Expanded 
Contracts/Annual Funding Agreements Contain?

    A complete request package for new/expanded contracts or annual 
funding agreement must contain:
    (1) Indirect cost needs; and
    (2) Startup cost needs.

2.4 What Happens if Requests Are Received After the ISDF Have Been 
Depleted?

    The ISDF request will not be funded for the fiscal year. However, 
requests received after the ISDF have been depleted will be considered 
first for ISDF funding in the following fiscal year.

2.5 How Does the Bureau Compute the Indirect Cost Need?

    We compute the indirect cost need following the indirect cost 
computation methodology provided in this announcement at section 1.3.

2.6 How Does BIA Determine What Indirect Cost Rate To Use When 
Calculating the Amount of ISDF Eligible Tribes or Tribal Organizations 
Will Receive?

    When calculating the amount of ISDF eligible tribes or tribal 
organizations will receive, the Bureau follows the following 
procedures:

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                   If                                  Then
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(1) The tribe or tribal organization     (1) The Regional Director or
 has an approved indirect cost rate       Office of Self-Governance
 negotiated with the National Business    Director must use the tribe's
 Center (NBC) or an indirect cost         or tribal organization's
 proposal currently under consideration   current rate, if approved, or,
 by the NBC.                              if not approved, the proposed
                                          indirect cost rate currently
                                          under consideration.
(2) The tribe or tribal organization     (2) The most current NBC rate
 proposes to use the prior-year           must be used.*
 approved NBC rate*.
(3) A tribe or tribal organization that  (3) The Awarding Official may
 can document that they are unable to     negotiate a reasonable lump
 negotiate an indirect cost rate          sum amount (not to exceed 15
 because of circumstances beyond their    percent) with the tribe or
 control may request negotiation of a     tribal organization for FY
 lump sum amount**.                       2004.**
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*This rate is temporary and subject to finalization through negotiation
  with NBC, and may result in actual over or under recovery of indirect
  cost.
**Beginning in FY 2004, a reasonable lump sum amount must not exceed 15
  percent of total current year program funds, less capital expenditure
  and pass-through.

2.7 What Is Considered ``Startup Cost'' Need?

    Startup costs are direct costs for items that are identified in the 
program operational budget for the new or expanded contract/annual 
funding agreements. These costs must be allowable costs, allocable to 
the new or expanded program, and reasonable within the context of the 
operational budget.

2.8 What Information for a ``Startup Cost'' Request Must I Include in 
the ISDF Request Package?

    The request must contain:
    (1) A copy of the program operational budget for the new or 
expanded contract/annual funding agreement activity, with the startup 
cost items identified;
    (2) A copy of the program operational budget narrative; and
    (3) Documentation of the provision of technical assistance and 
negotiation in regard to the startup cost items.

2.9 Will the Bureau Consider Funding Requests That Do Not Meet the 
Requirement of Section 2.8?

    No. The Bureau will not consider funding ISDF requests that do not 
contain the items in section 2.8 of this notice.

2.10 Are There Any Contracts or Agreements That Cannot Receive ISDF?

    Yes. Self-determination contracts or self-governance agreements 
that receive appropriated funds from other Department of the Interior 
bureaus, offices, or other sources are not eligible to receive ISDF.

2.11 Are There Any Guidelines That Can Be Used To Help Provide 
Technical Assistance?

    Yes. Use the ``Guidance for Contract Support Costs'' handbook to 
assist in the negotiation and providing technical assistance for 
startup cost. You may obtain a copy of this handbook by calling the 
telephone number provided in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section.

2.12 What Happens to an Incomplete ISDF Request?

    The request will be returned to the office of origin for proper 
completion and resubmission.

    Dated: January 18, 2006.
Michael D. Olsen,
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
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